2016 sees the second year of Feature Expanded, the first training programme examining the methodologies, tools and skills needed for filmmakers with a background in visual arts to develop and produce feature films for the international market.
Presented by HOME and Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, Feature Expanded is an intensive programme spanning six months and two locations (Manchester and Florence). The course combines masterclasses, case studies, workshops, screenings, one-to-one meetings and pitching sessions for visual artists who are developing their first feature film.
With peer-led training from industry experts including pitching expert Sibylle Kurz, screenwriter and script consultant Marietta von Hausswolf von Baumgarten and producers SammHaillay and Jacqui Davies, participants will gain essential new skills and the expertise needed to advance their early stage feature film projects for theatrical distribution and exhibition, before being introduced to potential collaborations with relevant festivals, markets and other partners.
Festival directors and curators from all over Europe will attend the final pitching session that will be organised during the 10th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival in November 2017. The course culminates with the presentation of the Feature Expanded Distribution Award, selected by a panel of industry experts, which includes an extended mentoring and distribution deal from HOME Artist Film and Lo Schermo Dell’Arte.
2016 will also see the launch of the Feature Expanded Development Award. A partnership with ALO-OHA – a new structure for artist and avant-garde cinema created by renowned film professionals Helle Ulsteen and Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten – the award provides one participant and their film project with an intensive residency in Stockholm to work with Marietta & Helle on script development.
Feature Expanded, 22 – 27 June 2016, HOME, Manchester, UK, and 16 – 20 November 2016, Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, Florence, Italy. For more information, visit www.homemcr.org
1. Gabrielle Brady, No Man Is An Island. Courtesy of the filmmaker and HOME.